i§>atiamtal) i£>tate fHmbersittp ^abannal), (Georgia Wfie ®ut Jlunbreb Jf tftp i£>econb Commencement Hux et Veritas! June ^ebentl) jSineteen Itonfcrreb anfc jBmetj>-€tgf)t tKtoo (0'Clock p.m. £§>atoamta|) Ctbtc Center Br. jffllartm HutJjer lUng, 3Tr. &rena <0rber of iProcesteton The Chief Marshal The Class Marshals Candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree Candidates for Masters Degree Faculty Emeriti The Faculty The President Donated to S5U Archives by Sheri Saleem Scott upon her Retirement on July 1, 2011 The academic regalia, the academic processional, and the ceremonial programs are part of an ancient tradition of learning. This tradition is a unified, solemn occasion at which only applause is appropriate. The audience is asked to refrain from any other form Of expression and to reserve celebrations until the program is concluded. 0xhtx of H>ertrice Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President Presiding PRELUDE The Pilgrims Chorus" - Wagner Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist ♦ACADEMIC PROCESSION "War March of the Priests" ..Mendelssohn Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist INVOCATION Reverend Thurmond N. Tillman Pastor. First African Baptist Church SELECTION "Don't You Let Nobody Turn You Round"... Lena McLin Savannah State University Concert Choir Mr. Willie E. Jackson, Director... Mr. Jerome Glover, Accompanist INTRODUCTION OF PLATFORM GUESTS AND SPEAKER.... Dr. Carlton E. Brown COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS Dr. John Hope Franklin Advisory Board Chair, The President's Initiative on Race SELECTION "Great Day".... Marvin Curtis Savannah State University Concert Choir PRESENTATION OF AWARDS Dr. Carlton E. Brown Richard R. Wright Award Dr. Jimmie C. Jackson Cyrus G. Wiley Award Attorney & Mrs. John Clark (Mary) President's Award Mr. Leonard Jenkins PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK DEGREE Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. CONFERRING OF MASTER'S DEGREES Dr. Carlton E. Brown Assisted by Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Mrs. Teria Sheffield, Interim Registrar and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson INTRODUCTION OF UNDERGRADUATE DEANS Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE College of Business Administration Dr. Jan Jankowski College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dr. George N. Williams College of Sciences and Technology. Dr. Charlesworth Martin CONFERRING OF DEGREES Dr. Carlton E. Brown Assisted by Academic Deans, Mrs. Teria Sheffield, Interim Registrar and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson PRESENTATION OF UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. ALUMNI INDUCTION Mr. John Brown, President Savannah State University National Alumni Association PRESENTATION OF NAVAL RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CORPS CANDIDATES FOR COMMISSION Commander Welch Fair PRESENTATION OF ARMY RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CORPS CANDIDATES FOR COMMISSION Captain Zane Jones COMMISSIONING OF OFFICERS Reading the Commissioning Document Dr. George N. Williams Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty Representative to NROTC Administering the Oath of Office N.R.O.TC Commander Welch Fair Administering the Oath of Office A.R.O.T.C Captain Zane Jones BENEDICTION Reverend Thurmond N. Tillman *Alma Mater - Savannah State College Hymn **RECESSIONAL "Pomp and Circumstance" ... Sir Edward Elgar Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist Savannah State College Hymn J. Randolph Fischer and Hillary Hatchett Let us give thanks and praise to The To our Alma Mater, S.S.C. Thine honor, pride, and eminence, We raise in prayerful reverence. Guide us still from day to day, Be Thou mindful lest we lose our way; Help us know that life, short or long, Means unceasing work for weak and strong. Refrain Where Savannah meets the sea, Where grassy plains and palms abound, Where the Flow'rs are gems of loveliness, There S.S.C. is found. We adore each beauteous scene and hall, Our all we pledge to Thee! In our hearts we'll build a shrine for Thee We hail Thee, S.S.C.! * The audience is requested to stand. ** The audience is requested to remain seated until the recession has exited. USHERS - N.R.O.TC. Midshipmen iWasfter'sf ©egree Conferreb COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES jffflatfter of iPubltc gi&mtntetratton Ailerua A. Newsome Crawford Savannah State University Raphael Lionel Eastman University of Liberia Heather Elizabeth Hallows University of Vermont Audrey Adrienne Harris Savannah State University Philip Andrew Jackson Savannah State University Toney Jordan Savannah State University Tom Lamar Savannah State University Sherri Len Marlowe Savannah State University DeWayne Trevor Mincey. South Carolina State University Franklin McCrary, Jr. University of Georgia Ramon Jarrod Ray. Savannah State University Hope Williams-Jones Mercer University iWatfter of foetal Work Deborah Nalene Anderson Savannah State University Nicole Suzette Ansley. Savannah State University Robin Baker Dickson Brenau College Susan Elaine Kelly Epperson Savannah State University Jerri L Frost Georgia Southern University Joyce Vidette Gibbs-Ham University of North Carolina Martin David Gray. Barber-Scotia College Gregory Bernard Jaudon Georgia Southern University Jesse Christopher Knowles University of Georgia Theresa Dawn Liles Armstrong Atlantic State University Ophelia Kennedy Mcintosh Albany State University Jeannette Pastrana Fordham University Sylvestine Verlyn Payne Savannah State University Lori Anne Shindell Savannah State University Brenda Lee Simmons Savannah State University paccalaureate degrees! Conferreb COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Accounting ***! Maria Vanessa Alfaro-Sutlive Savannah, Georgia Calvin Bernard Barkster Sandersville, Georgia *** Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia • Deborah Williams Bellinger Savannah, Georgia Bemadette Regenia Bryant Savannah, Georgia Willie J. Burns West Dayton, Ohio Julian Preston Edwards Savannah, Georgia **Elizabeth Mclntyre Fitzgerald Savannah, Georgia ***Sharlene N. Gardiner Turks & Caicos Island, B.W.I. Kimberly Denise Grant Savannah, Georgia Danny Lee Lamonte Statesboro, Georgia Maurena Denise Mayor Savannah, Georgia **Nikita Nanalta Pearson Thomson, Georgia Melba Laraine Rickerson Savannah, Georgia **Kristin Alain Schmid Savannah, Georgia Tanya Nycole Vance Decatur, Georgia *Deirdre Natasha Vernon Newark, New Jersey Leon Harvey Williams Savannah, Georgia Computer information i£>p$tem£ Felicia Shonte' Anderson Dublin, Georgia Mark Fredrick Bussey. Augusta, Georgia Monica Ellen Davis Miami, Florida April Denise Drayton Savannah, Georgia Christy Sawa Eichelberger Savannah, Georgia Karen Lonora Green Savannah, Georgia Crystal Nicole Jones Savannah, Georgia Karen Melissa Ladson Georgetown , South Carolina Sterling Anthony Whitaker McCollum Stone Mountain, Georgia Lisa Monique Singleton Savannah, Georgia Theodore Charles Vrens, Jr Savannah, Georgia Anthony Charles Wilcox McRae, Georgia jfllanagement BryonR. Bright Savannah, Georgia ^Cheryl Wesley Cato Savannah, Georgia Palma Swinston Davis Savannah, Georgia Lynell Favors, Jr Athens, Georgia Sabrina Shenell Gadson Savannah, Georgia **Anthony Jerome Goethe Rincon, Georgia Marlon Brandon Golson Atlanta, Georgia **Jocelyn Vanessa Hamilton Savannah, Georgia Wanda Denise Hill Savannah, Georgia Carol Lenore Hundley Savannah, Georgia Tolejala Latrelle Keel Savannah, Georgia Brian Andre Marcus Jesup, Georgia **Joey S. Martin Savannah, Georgia SheenaAngeliqueMcCaleb Savannah, Georgia *** Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia *t *** ** Chiquita G. Myers-Powell Savannah, Georgia Tawana Lamesha Penn East Point, Georgia Martinez T. Roberts Flovilla, Georgia Wayne Everett Roberts Guyton, Georgia Kathleen Regina Sanders-Wilson Savannah, Georgia ***Robert John Skiljan Savannah, Georgia Debra Watts Smoak Richmond Hill, Georgia Sanatta Danae Stanley Savannah, Georgia Edward Joseph Stewart Savannah, Georgia Tiffany Rhonda Thomas Savannah, Georgia Taiwana Richards Thompson Savannah, Georgia Harold Newton Washington Savannah, Georgia *Anitra Ellene Williams Savannah, Georgia Cornell Williams, Jr Jesup, Georgia JfWarketing Trevor McMann Adams Augusta, Georgia Michelle Antoinette Allen Savannah, Georgia Teri Marie Bynes Savannah, Georgia John Robert Cason Savannah, Georgia Jainell Martina Corbitt Riverdale, Georgia Maisha Rochelle Cutter Pembroke, Georgia Nicheole Denise Davis Riceboro, Georgia Strather B. Dupree Savannah, Georgia Lawrence Edwards Savannah, Georgia Shantia Monique Ferguson Anchorage, Alaska Kimerly Michelle Gaskin Greenwood, South Carolina John Williams Goodwin, III Union City, Georgia Kimberly Canice Herrington Savannah, Georgia Michelle Latrelle Nevels-Miller. Savannah, Georgia Nakisha J'Nai Scott Savannah, Georgia Emma Theresa Simmons Savannah, Georgia Kerry Mercedes Stanford Savannah, Georgia Syteria Arlene Townsend Augusta, Gerogia Rhoda Lavonne Walker Savannah, Georgia Dwain Anthony Whitehead Savannah, Georgia Vera Cherelyn Young Savannah, Georgia Accounting anb Computer Information interna *Tracie Louise Singleton Savannah, Georgia Accounting anb jftlanagement Betsy Demetria Henry Savannah, Georgia *** Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia accounting anb jffllarketing LaTonia Evette James Savannah, Georgia Barthonla Antione Pinckney Augusta, Georgia Computer information intern* anb jffllarketing Waishana Larrie Rivers Garden City, Georgia COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Cnglitfl), Hanguage anb literature *Jacqueline Lynette Bowen Augusta, Georgia Valdie Christopher St. Croix, Virgin Island Tiffany Jenene Hazel Savannah, Georgia IBeverly Curtis Lawton Savannah, Georgia Donyelle Jermaine Manigo Garden City, Georgia Darrell Lowell Simmons Savannah, Georgia *Teoma Sapp Thomas Savannah, Georgia *Vanessa E. Wallace-Lonon Savannah, Georgia Vanessa Denise Williams Wrightsville, Georgia jdlag* Communication* Sylvia Anetra Barnes Savannah, Georgia Tijuana Shantrel Brewer... Greenville, Georgia TaQuita Latasha Brown Savannah, Georgia **Patricia Ann Carey. Savannah, Georgia Travis Cornell Dent Tignall, Georgia Brandon C. Foye Savannah, Georgia Anthony Kerone Fulton Brunswick, Georgia Michael S. Gaither, Jr Savannah, Georgia Tedra Vonetta Henley. Griffin, Georgia Markeith Leonard Maxwell Savannah, Georgia **Seleta Danyette Owens Brunswick, Georgia Clarence C. Stinson, Jr Macon, Georgia Jane Waithera Nairobi, Kenya Lisa Renee' Webb Albany, Georgia Wwtm jfWuaic Villie Jones Savannah, Georgia *** Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia Richard R. Wright Award tK,i acKson Dr. Jimmie Jackson is a native or Haynesvilie, Georgia. She received the B.S. Degree from Savannah State in 1959 with majors in mathematics, physics, and the general sciences program. Dr. Jackson has made many noteworthy contributions in education. Highlights or her career include: design and development or one or the first successful teaching centers in the nation, Dial-A-Teacher Homework Hotline; assistance with development of the Martha Winston Educational Center. She continues to develop, present and facilitate training activities across the country. Dr. Jackson served as the first female president of the Washington Teachers' Union, Local 6 of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL- CIO. Dr. Jackson is a Life Memher and past three-term president of Savannah State University National Alumni Association where she masterfully championed many causes that will be long noted in SSU's history. She maintains four scholarships at SSU named in memory of her parents, Jimmy and Inez Thomas Colson and secured support from the Woodhome Foundation for recruiting qualified students to SSU with scholarship assistance through the "Second Chance Award". A memher of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., she has been Anti-Basileus, Basileus, and Trustee and Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, National Education Fund. Dr. Jackson was recently honored with the Tribute to Working Women Award for her commitment to education and training. Cyrus G. V ^ary Morrison Clark Mary Morrison Clark, Elbert County native, graduated in 1974 from Savannah State with a degree in Home Economics - Textiles & Clothing and went on to earn an M.S. in Early Childhood Education rrom Brenau University. Mrs. Clark is a third grade school teacher at Bowman Elementary School in Elhert County. She is a memher or the Georgia Association or Educators (GAE) and is the current president or the Elhert County Chapter (GAE/ECAE). Clark holds lire memherships in the National Educational Association, Savannah State University National Alumni Association (SSUNAA) and the NAACP. As rounder and co- chair or the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Planning Committee in Elhert County, Clark has spearheaded efforts to promote educational and community-wide activities that honor the memory or Dr. King. Clark also prepared, presented and received approval for her proposal to the school hoard to include African American History in the curriculum. Mrs. Clark is a member or Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Iota Psi Omega Chapter, Elbert County Voters League and the Joint Finance Board - Sixth Episcopal District CME Church. Clark currently chairs the SSUNAA National Awards Committee and coordinated the alumni association's successful Band Uniform Fund Campaign. Mrs. Clark was selected by her peers as the 1998-99 Teacher or the Year and is a 1998 recipient or National Association for the Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Distinguished Alumni Award. ley Award gobn 9tiell Clark, Ssq. Atty. John M. Clark, born in Maxey, GA, is a 1975 graduate or Savannah State majoring in Criminal Justice. As a student he served as Chief Justice and Student Government President. Clark attended law school at Southern University in Louisiana and was Southern's first law graduate to pass the Georgia Bar Examination. Atty. Clark is a Lire Member or Savannah State University National Alumni Association and has served two terms as national president. Clark's service to the community spans over his entire adult lire as he continues to be active in several organizations and serve on numerous boards. He has received various accolades including The Grace Towns Hamilton Leadership Award, presented by the GA Legislative Black Caucus, SSUNAA Alumnus or the Year, American Jurisprudence Excellence, John H. Rucker (NAACP) Award, Scottish Rite Mason Outstanding Citizen Award, Athens Human Relations Council Award for Excellence in Human Relations, Who's Who in Georgia, American Cancer Society Merit Award, NAFEO's Distinguished Alumnus Award and a service award from Boy Scouts or America - Northeast Georgia Council. Clark owns his own law firm and is the City Attorney ror Bowman, Georgia. He is General Counsel or NAACP for Georgia, Second Vice President ror the State Conference Branch and President-elect or Georgia Alliance or African American Attorneys (GAAAA). The President's Award Leonard Jenkins, Jr. is a native or Savannah, Georgia and received his B.S. Degree rrom Savannan State in 1970. Mr. Jenkins is the owner, president and CEO or Elite Starring Services, an independently owned rull service, permanent and temporary starring rirm headquartered in Atlanta. Tne rirm is in its fifteenth year or operation in tne Atlanta metropolitan area. Elite Starring was recently recognized as one or tne top small businesses in tne Metro Atlanta area for its growth and revenue generation. Jenkins' professional endeavors consist or more than twenty- two years or human resources and management experience in the fields or hanking resort operations, academia and research. He is active with the National Urban Leagues Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP), Leadership Atlanta, Mental Health Association or Metro Atlanta and is a member or the Board or Directors ror the Atlanta Business League, Atlanta Furniture Bank and the Entrepreneurial Development Institute (TEDI). Jenkins has established and maintains a Book Scholarship Fund at Savannah State University. A Lire Member or the Savannah State University National Alumni Association, Jenkins was named a 1998 recipient or NAFEO's Distinguished Alumni Award. Felicia Anderson Bell Hinesville, Georgia Aaron R. E. Bishop Columbia, South Carolina *Monica Lettye Ann Ceaser Valdosta, Georgia Tempie KaSandra Mathew Riceboro, Georgia Jennifer Denyse McCord Riverdale, Georgia Marilyn McFarlin-Johnson Savannah, Georgia Eric Norman Lincolnton, Georgia Phyllis LaSan Oliver Warner Robins, Georgia Recreation anb J^ark &bmini£tration Jerimie Snell .Columbus, Georgia Criminal 3fu£tice *, Tori Deavon Aikens McRae, Georgia Clarissa Michelle Anderson Waycross, Georgia Susan NTasha Barge Atlanta, Georgia Cederic Danforth.. Wadley, Georgia Marcie Tresette Doward Columbus, Georgia Dell Waters Gary. Savannah, Georgia Riccardo Cornelius Greene Sylvester, Georgia Jon Wesley Howard Savannah, Georgia Shaniqua Montrice Hutchinson Woodbine, Georgia Marcus W. Jones..... ...Augusta, Georgia Marcus T. McMullen Savannah, Georgia Felicia Doniece Mincey Glennville, Georgia Jason L Morrison Savannah, Georgia *lsia Denise Orr Savannah, Georgia Derrick Alexander Parker Georgetown, South Carolina LakishaTraci Powell Savannah, Georgia Carolyn Cas'Sandre' Robinson Americus, Georgia Rogenia Roosevelt-Albertha Savage ..Savannah, Georgia Tracy Angela Smith Savannah, Georgia Sherry Alicia Stevens Savannah, Georgia Gerald E.Thomas Savannah, Georgia *Althea Maxine Thompson Troy, Alabama Charles Edward Tobler, Jr Jacksonville, Florida April LaFreida Goodman Torres Allenhurst, Georgia Billy G. Turmon, Jr Conley, Georgia Phyllis Ann Wallace ...Savannah, Georgia Jacqueline Smith Williams ...Savannah, Georgia ** * iclck Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia ** • political Science Tonyour Bolden Savannah, Georgia Cynthia Elaine Greene Savannah, Georgia Andre Brown Hamilton Savannah, Georgia Lavell Ruth Marion Savannah, Georgia Aldrith Laval Oxendine Gerogetown, South Carolina Brian Corwin Reese Savannah, Georgia Corey Donell Robinson Gadsden, South Carolina William T. L Simmons Beaufort, South Carolina Sociology Carolyn Denise Corbin Macon, Georgia Albert Dryer, Sr Savannah, Georgia **Joan Spann Knight Savannah, Georgia Karen Sue Norris Savannah, Georgia NaTasha Evette Patterson Macon, Georgia **Tanya Yolanda Torrence Hinesville, Georgia Franchesca Love Washington Savannah, Georgia Social Wovk Stephanie Yvette Brown Savannah, Georgia Kendra Caprice Carter Savannah, Georgia Monica Frazier-Daughty Savannah, Georgia Thomas Raphael Hall Savannah, Georgia Patrice LaRay Hightower Dawson, Georgia Brenda L. Jackson Savannah, Georgia Vanassa Louise Jones Savannah, Georgia Irma Jean Maxwell Savannah, Georgia Thomasina Renee Mills Washington, Georgia *KenyattaT. Nixon Americus, Georgia *Constance Anita Nunnally. Savannah, Georgia LaCharm M. Reliford Macon, Georgia Dawn Linette Robinson Savannah, Georgia Vonetta Lorraine Scott Savannah, Georgia Shaundra Deneen Smith Savannah, Georgia Tujuana Shaw Taylor Savannah, Georgia *Josephine Wyne Savannah, Georgia COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY Jiiologp Nicole Teresa Baldwin Warner Robins, Georgia Merika Burke Savannah, Georgia *** Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia Nltosha Swelise Carter Jacksonville, Florida Frankie Theodore Cummings Savannah, Georgia **Angela Juanita David Savannah, Georgia Mercredi Giles Savannah, Georgia *Charnessa Renee Grace .Rochelle, Georgia Brian Keith Humphrey Savannah, Georgia KetaryaD. Hunt Macon, Georgia Marlon Marquet Lang Savannah, Georgia Tarenza La France Mathis-Perez Savannah, Georgia Tamara Rochelle Moore Colorado Springs, Colorado *Shana DaLynn Murphy. Savannah, Georgia Frances Anita Mydell Rincon, Georgia Vanessa Pierce Midville, Georgia LaSonya Monica Scott Richmond Hill, Georgia Celandra A. Thrasher Smith Athens, Georgia Tiffany MaRhonda Steward Savannah, Georgia Ronnie Christopher Taylor Savannah, Georgia Charita Wilcox McRae, Georgia *Miya Tiyon Wilkerson Claxton, Georgia Mont ega LaVinci Wood Rome, Georgia *Edward George Wright II Ailey, Georgia ptologp Cimcatton *PamelaB. Harrington Savannah, Georgia JWarine ptologp Nicole Desirnee Barksdale Clarkston, Georgia Algene Denise Byrum Savannah, Georgia Damien Christian Danavall Stone Mountain, Georgia ***Dwight Andre' Ebanks Miramar, Florida Christopher Teeple Hill Savannah, Georgia Monique Natrisha Hill Jamaica, New York CaTiaSeandai Jackson Orangeburg, South Carolina *Kerstin June Kneier Monroe, Georgia **Steven Donald Payne Norcross, Georgia **Tamica Jacqueline Rhaming Nassau, Bahamas Koji F. Wright Nassau, Bahamas environmental ^>tubtesJ *William Pernell Johnson Bainbridge, Georgia Mustafa Bilal Muhammed Savannah, Georgia *Melanie Sylve St. Mary's, Georgia Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia ** CFjemtetrp Karen LaWuan Garvin Ridgeland, South Carolina Africa Wanda Hodge Savannah, Georgia Tami Terell Smith Savannah, Georgia Shayne Dione Weems Decatur, Georgia Desiree'Anjonette Young Savannah, Georgia jftlatljematic* Chadasi Kemadi Betterson Savannah, Georgia LaQuita RoShawn Chandler Attapulgus, Georgia Lamont Henry Thunderbolt, Georgia D'Angelo Romaine Holsey Atlanta, Georgia Natasha Teresa Hunter Decatur, Georgia Ronald Q.Jones Statesboro, Georgia Juan Maurice Michael Savannah, Georgia *Keisha Lachum Owens Decatur, Georgia Robert Randall IV. Savannah, Georgia ***VerLynda Nicole Slaughter Savannah, Georgia Chemical engineering CecFjnologp *Brian Rinaldo Gordon Fitzgerald, Georgia (Electronic* engineering QCecIjnologp *Janiqwa Dejuanya Gentry Savannah, Georgia NaTasha Tameika Miller Macon, Georgia Deltrinee Shondrail Owens Seattle, Washington *Moses Jermaine Roberts Savannah, Georgia *Robert Allan Russell Stone Mountain, Georgia **Anthony Jerome Sanders Savannah, Georgia *James Thomas Toomey. Savannah, Georgia JfWecJjanical engineering QTecjmologp Deborah Renee Harper Albany, Georgia Salah Mahmound Sadiq Kuwait Computer Science Qterijnologp Kenneth David Austin Decatur, Georgia Daniel Y. Inyang Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *Tajmina I. Karry Atlanta, Georgia Colesha LaShana Maddox Athens, Georgia **Jerome Bernard Neal, Jr Stone Mountain, Georgia *** Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia Lenard Tyrone Robinson ....Jacksonville, Florida Jgiologp anb CJjemisitrp **LourdesA. Smith Pennill Savannah, Georgia Computer Science QEeclmologp anb jfWatljematic* ***Kesha Tarallel Hill Decatur, Georgia Leonard Lamar Welch Waycross, Georgia Computer engineering Qtedjnologp Colesha LaShana Maddox Athens, Georgia Dung Hung Phan Savannah, Georgia *Moses Jermaine Roberts ...Savannah, Georgia Lenard Tyrone Robinson Jacksonville, Florida Robert Allan Russell Stone Mountain, Georgia Leonard Lamarr Welch. Waycross, Georgia NOTE: Appearance of a name on any list in this program must not be considered as conclusive evidence of graduation. Persons who have met all requirements for a particular degree and whose names appear on the lists in this program will receive the degree indicated. Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !ln Absentia potior (©rabuate* £s>umma Cum laube (3.75 - 4.00) Maria Vannesa Alfaro-Sutlive Dwight Andre'Ebanks Sharlene N. Gardiner Kesha Tarallel Hill Robert John Skiljan VerLynda Nicole Slaughter Debra Watts Smoak Jane Waithera jUlagna Cum Haube (3.40 - 3.74) Patricia Ann Carey Angela Juanita David Elizabeth Mclntyre Fitzgerald Karen LaWuan Garvin Anthony Jerome Goethe Cythnia Elaine Greene Jocelyn Vanessa Hamilton Joan Spann Knight Joey S. Martin Jerome Bernard Neal, Jr. Seleta Danyette Owens Steven Donald Payne Nikita Nanalta Pearson Lourdes A. Smith Pennill Lakisha Traci Powell Tamica Jacqueline Rahming Anthony Jerome Sanders Kristin Alain Schmid Edward Joseph Stewart Tanya Y. Torrence Cum Haube (3.00 - 3.39) Clarissa Michelle Anderson Jacqueline Lynette Bowen Cheryl Wesley Cato Monica Lettye Ann Ceasar April Denise Drayton Janiqua Dejuanya Gentry Brian Rinaldo Gordon Charnessa Renee Grace Pamela B. Harrington William Purnell Johnson Tajmina I. Karry Kerstin June Kneier Shana Dalynn Murphy Kenyatta T. Nixon Eric Norman Constance Anita Nunnally Isia Denise Orr Keisha Lachum Ownes Aldrith Laval Oxendine Moses Jermaine Roberts Robert Allan Russell Tracie Louise Singleton Melanie Sylve Althea Maxine Thompson James Thomas Toomey April LaFreida Goodman Torres Deirdre Natasha Vernon Vanessa E. Wallace-Lonon Miya Tiyon Wilkerson Anitra Ellene Williams Edward George Wright J I Josephine Wyne Clje i§>tgntftcance of tlje &cabemtc Jftlace CJ)e Significance of QCJie Scabemic jfWace Observing the centuries-old convocation procedures, each Marshal in the Savannah State University Academic Procession carries an official mace which is indicative of the power, dignity, and magisterium vested in the University. The mace is a club-shaped staff which originated in the Middle Ages as a weapon. Eventually, it gained a ceremonial character and is presently employed most often by legislative forums and academic enterprises. The official mace of Savannah State University was designed and made from mahogany wood by Dr. Ernest S. Brown, Retired Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Technology. Dr. Lester B. Johnson, Retired Head of Department of Engineering Technology, designed and built the Mace Stand. The University motto is " Lux Et Veritas" ("Light and Truth"). S3cabemic Costume* Modern academic dress, has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval Universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of academic apparel a half century ago, it seemed best to agree on some definite system which all might follow. Accordingly, this attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter two now differing according to the degree the wearer has received. The modern cap, in academic dress, has the same design for all degrees: black and square-shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by presidents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all degrees. The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred on the wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. The gown for the master's degrees, worn open or closed, has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open or closed, has long sleeves faced with velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trimmings of the doctor's gown may be black or the color associated with the field of study. The hood, while not an article of dress, is however, the most distinctive feature of the academic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down the back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the college or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and the shape of the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and a half feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide panel. Hoods may be worn for only those degrees actually held by the wearers. Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their degrees may be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be onJy those of degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution. In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief officer to wear a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. The chief marshal may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of caps, the color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American Intercollegiate Code is as follows: Arts, Letters, Humanities White Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray Business Drab Philosophy Dark Blue Economics Copper Physical Education Sage Green Education Light Blue Public Administration.... Peacock Blue Law Purple Science Golden Yellow Library Science Lemon Social Work Citron Music Pink Theology Scarlet At Savannah State University, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue background to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater.